Google fined record £44m by French data protection watchdog

CNIL found that company failed to offer users transparent information on data use

The French data protection watchdog CNIL has fined Google a record €50m (£44m) for failing to provide users with transparent and understandable information on its data use policies.

For the first time, the company was fined using new terms laid out in the pan-European general data protection regulation. The maximum fine for large companies under the new law is 4% of annual turnover, meaning the theoretical maximum fine for Google is almost €4bn.

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Dutch surgeon wins landmark ‘right to be forgotten’ case

Ruling will ensure doctors will no longer be judged by Google on fitness to practise, lawyer says

A Dutch surgeon formally disciplined for her medical negligence has won a legal action to remove Google search results about her case in a landmark “right to be forgotten” ruling.

The doctor’s registration on the register of healthcare professionals was initially suspended by a disciplinary panel because of her post-operative care of a patient. After an appeal, this was changed to a conditional suspension under which she was allowed to continue to practise.

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Virtual pet game Neopets returns, but should it stay in the past?

Twenty years on, Neopets will soon be available as a mobile puzzle game – reminding many millennials of their awkward adolescence

As a woman who talks about video games on television, radio and elsewhere for a living, I’m often asked how I got into games, and I reply – truthfully – that I have been playing them my whole life. I was fortunate enough to grow up in a family that owned every major game console. But when I reached adolescence, something (besides the obvious) changed. My varied video game diet narrowed dramatically. I skipped the entire console generation that included the PlayStation 2, GameCube, and Xbox in favour of my bedroom PC and two worlds it allowed me to access: The Sims and Neopets.

The Neopets website was launched in 1999, and I’m pretty sure I was introduced to it by my uncle, though it’s known for its popularity among girls. It fits with the idea of femininity as nurturing: a virtual world that allows you to care for cute pets, play games to earn a currency called Neopoints, shop for clothes for your pets, build and furnish houses, and chat on the forums.

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WhatsApp puts limit on message forwarding to fight fake news

Users will be blocked from forwarding messages to more than five individuals or groups

WhatsApp users will be blocked from forwarding messages to more than five individuals or groups under new rules the messaging service is rolling out worldwide to fight the spread of misinformation.

The company’s vice-president for policy and communications, Victoria Grand, announced the policy at an event in Jakarta on Monday, Reuters reported.

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Bullied Syrian schoolboy to sue Facebook over Tommy Robinson claims

Social network gave ‘special status’ to English Defence League founder, say solicitors

The Syrian schoolboy who was filmed being attacked in a playground in Huddersfield is set to take legal action against Facebook over claims by Tommy Robinson that he attacked English girls.

Solicitors for the 16-year-old, who can be identified only as Jamal, said Facebook had given “special status” to the English Defence League founder to peddle false and defamatory lies about the schoolboy.

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